SOIL GROWING - Weed Growing Guide
Use Super Soil brand in California, as this is the only known soil on the
West Coast that is guaranteed to be good. Many other brands are mostly wood
products and have very few nutrients, are too moist, etc. Add vermiculite,
pearlite or sand to Super Soil to increase the drainage and aeration.
Organic gardeners use their own compost prepaired from a mixture of chicken,
cow or other manure and household food waste, leaves, lawn clippings, dog hair
and other waste products including urine, which is high in nitrogen. Dog hair is
not recommended for guerilla gardeners planting off their property where police
could find it. DNA tests could prove it was YOUR dogs hair!
Use P4 water crystals in the soil to give the plants a few days worth of
emergency water reserves. This substance swells up with water and holds it like
a sponge, so that roots will have a reserve if harsh drought makes constant
watering necessary. Go real easy on this stuff though, it tends to sink to the
bottom of the pot and suffocate bottom roots (new growth roots) and stunts the
plant. Use in extreme moderation, let it swell up for at least an hour before
mixing with other soil.
Plant size in soil is directly related to pot size. If you want the plant to
grow bigger, put it in a bigger pot. Usually, 1/2 gallon per foot of plant is
sufficient. A six foot plant would require a minimum of a 3 gallon pot.
Remember, square containers have more volume in a square space (like a closet).
Planting in the ground is always preferable when growing in soil. The plants
can then grow to any size, unlimited by pot size.
Bat Guano, chicken manure, or worm castings can all be used to fertilize
organically in soil. Manures can burn, so they should be composted with the soil
first, before planting, over several weeks. Sea weed is available to provide a
rich trace mineral source that breaks down slowly and constantly feeds the
If growing outdoors in available soil, look around for leaves and other
natural sources of nitrogen and work them into the soil, along with some dolmite
lime and composted organic fertilizer. Even small amounts of plant food such as
Miracle Grow can be added to soil at this time. (Organic gardeners frown upon
this practice, however. Toxic wastes are produced by commercial fertilizer
production.) Mulch can be made from leaves and spread out over the garden area
to hold in moisture and keep down weeds near the plants.